Sunday, June 4, 2017

CD Review: Willie Nile "Sings Bob Dylan" & Glenn Morrow Delivers A "Cry For Help"

Singer/songwriter Willie Nile has been delivering thought-provoking lyrics for close to four decades. Now the veteran rocker takes a break from writing and re-imagines the work of Bob Dylan on his latest release "Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan." It will be available on June 23rd through River House Records and features only ten of Dylan's most iconic songs. Nile feels very close to these songs as he changes the composition to give the music new light as in the opener "The Times They Are A Changin'." He takes Dylan's protest folk song "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and gives it a pulse and turns it into a Springsteen-like sing-along. Dylan's original acoustic-based "Blowin' In The Wind" gets the punk makeover on this powerfully energetic delivery by Willie and his band. This first song that closely resembles Dylan's original version is the acoustic take of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." Willie keeps the essence of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" as his band shouts back the lyrics, giving the song a carefree, fun jam feel. Willie keeps the emotions in his delivery of "Every Grain Of Sand," before closing his new album with the sing-along of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and the acoustic folk story of "Abandoned Love." To find out more about Willie Nile and his latest release "Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan," please visit willienile.com.

From Hoboken, NJ, the birthplace of Frank Sinatra, comes the latest release, "Cry For Help" from local music hero Glenn Morrow. Morrow has been a staple in the New Jersey area for close to three decades, first as a performer and second as the head of Bar None Records. Morrow's new album features 11-songs that showcase his rock side as he sings about the Mile Square City. He kicks things off with the smooth, mellow guitar rock of "Bleeker And Third" as Morrow's voice could easily be mistaken for Elvis Costello. He continues with the steady pace of "The Days To Come," before slowing down for the folk ballad "Comfort Zone." After Glenn introduces you to the "Third Act," he delivers the blues of "Keira Knightly" and the raucous guitar work of "When The Night Falls." He finishes his new album with the nostalgic, spaghetti-western guitar of "Return Of The Wild One." To find out more about Glenn Morrow and his latest release "Cry For Help," please visit his Facebbook page at facebook.com/glennmorrowscryforhelp.

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